New Polar Bear Cub Moved to Intensive Care Unit
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New Polar Bear Cub Moved to Intensive Care Unit

One of the Toronto Zoo's polar bears gave birth to two cubs; one has passed away, the other is in intensive care.

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Zoo.

The Toronto Zoo announced today that one of their two female polar bears, Aurora, gave birth to two cubs on Wednesday, November 11. Sadly, Aurora was not producing milk, and one of the two cubs did not survive the first 24 hours. The staff then intervened and moved the second cub, as yet unnamed, to the zoo’s intensive care unit.

Staff are monitoring the cub on a 24/7 basis, providing medical care when necessary, and feeding it a formula they have developed over years of caring for polar bear cubs. Dr. Chris Dutton, the zoo’s head of veterinary services, said that the cub has faced “very few significant challenges that required medical interventions” in its first week, and that it “appears to have responded very well to the treatments [that have been] provided.”

Here’s hoping the little cub pulls through.